LivingTree Announces First Round of Drako Grant Recipients

LivingTree Announces First Round of Drako Grant Recipients One Million Dollar Grant Helps PK-12 Schools Across the Country Deepen Family & Community Engagement via Tiered Social NetworkR AUSTIN, TX, May 3, 2017 – LivingTree today announced that it has awarded $250,000 in first round Drako Community and Family Engagement Grants for Schools to districts and campuses throughout […] read more...

Drako $1,000,000 Family Engagement Grant for Schools

LivingTree Executive Chairman Dean Drako Announces $1,000,000 Drako Community and Family Engagement Grant for Schools AUSTIN, Texas. April 4, 2017 – Dean Drako, LivingTree owner and executive chairman, announced today that he has funded the Drako Community and Family Engagement Grant for Schools for up to $1M; individual schools and districts who are awarded the […] read more...

Survey Says: The RIGHT Technology Works for Engagement

Download report: FamilyEngagementTech Technology – The Future of Family Engagement Districts struggle to engage the majority of families, even using 12+ methods. Private, social networks, systemic approaches making an impact in family engagement. Family engagement is the number one driver of student success. Engaged families result in lower truancy rates, higher test scores and higher […] read more...

Educator Views on Family Engagement

97% of principals and teachers agree that families and educators should be equal partners in supporting student learning Scholastic has released a principal and teacher report resulting from a survey of 4700+ schools. The entire report can be found here. It does an excellent job of covering topics ranging from community and family engagement to […] read more...

Proactive Family Engagement Efforts

As shared in District Administration Magazine – Q&A with Joni Carswell of LivingTree Increasing student success with proactive family engagement efforts – Having a single platform to house all activity and conversation can help districts transform family engagement! What are the benefits of an effective family engagement program? Decades of research shows that family engagement […] read more...

Effective Engagement Principles

The National Association for the Education of Young Children outlines six key principles used by exemplary programs. They’ve found that common practices lead to successful family engagement. These principles are outlined in detail along with profiles from the exemplary programs. The six principles: Invite families to participate in decision making and goal setting for their […] read more...

Broadening Family Engagement

We’re delighted to share the following from guest blogger, Eden Segal. Family engagement in schools is based on relationships How do you recruit families? Invite and build relationships. Communication is a two-way proposition that is critical to building relationships. We often “push” information to families. We send home fliers in backpacks, post schedules in main […] read more...

Five Steps to Engaging in the New School Year

Over the last four years, our team has had the opportunity to work with schools and districts around the United States and world to increase parent engagement. We’ve seen a few simple behaviors that drive successful programs. Some of these are basic framework for any program, however, we thought we’d share as we’ve seen them […] read more...

A “whole community on board”

  LivingTree Pride – Cindy Nelson Cindy Nelson wears many hats at Park Row Christian Academy: School nurse, receptionist, admissions assistant, social media specialist, and LivingTree expert. Cindy has spent the last three years helping PRCA carry out their mission to share knowledge, skills and spiritual values with students. Like many who work in the K12 […] read more...

There’s a PLATFORM for that

There’s an app for that. In 2016 there’s an app (or a dozen) for every need and / or want we can imagine. Education technology is no different. Every week there’s another app for behavior, communication, attendance, you name it. They’re free! The teachers will drive them! But when is enough enough? When is one […] read more...